Following last season’s collection, mother-daughter duo Najla and Cynthia Burt’s latest collection evoked a tropical feel. The space was in the heart of Manhattan, and as guests rolled in, from influencers to editors, everyone was excited to see what was in store for the duo this time. As an upbeat island mix started playing, models glided through the runway with a certain poise that spoke of the word “luxury.” Phones were raised immediately as the first model in a black and green long one-shoulder dress started the show, and progressively more tropical prints came onto the runway. Off-the-shoulder and one-shoulder silhouettes were consistent throughout the show as well as florals, bold colors, and prints. Najla grew up in Florida, which is big on tropical prints, so it makes perfect sense for them to tap into the past with the collection.
The pair had begun designing and collaborating at a very early point in life. Cynthia made clothes for Najla all the time while she grew up in Florida, and as she got older, attending Parsons was second nature. From then, she experimented and found her voice through design, apart from her mother, who was not a trained designer. The duo’s different backgrounds make for the perfect team. Even though mother-daughter relationships tend to be difficult, this one is a perfect match to make luxury clothing.
Take a look at the collection below.